Thursday, April 9, 2015

Day 131 - A Better Way to Cite Images - Ben Schersten - Francis Wyman IT Specialist

As my students know, I’m big on permissions. If my students want to use an image in a project, they need to pay attention to Creative Commons licensing. Finding an image that is okay to use isn’t hard (you can search through Creative Commons or change the search tools in Google), but citing it properly is a hassle – especially for my younger elementary students.
Enter Photos For Class (
Photos For Class searches Flickr and does three great things:
  • Keeps the images G-rated using Flicker’s and their filters
  • Only grabs images licensed for school use under Creative Commons
    and, this is the best part
  • The citation is automatically added to the image
Also, it’s super easy! Enter your search term, find the image you want, click download, and you get an image with an embedded citation – like these:
And since the citation is part of the image, no matter where students move the image the citation goes with it. Using properly licensed photos is important, but keeping track of citations can be a headache. Photos For Class is a great solution.

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